Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor

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The Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor is an annual award given by the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Winners[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Film Role
1988 Jeremy Irons Dead Ringers Beverly Mantle / Elliot Mantle
1989 Tom Cruise Born on the Fourth of July Ron Kovic
Kenneth Branagh Henry V Henry V
Daniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot Christy Brown
Martin Landau Crimes and Misdemeanors Judah Rosenthal
James Spader Sex, Lies, and Videotape Graham Dalton

1990s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Film Role
1990 Jeremy Irons Reversal of Fortune Claus von Bülow
1991 Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs Hannibal Lecter
Warren Beatty Bugsy Bugsy Siegel
William Hurt The Doctor Dr. Jack MacKee
Val Kilmer The Doors Jim Morrison
Joe Mantegna Homicide Bobby Gold
Nick Nolte The Prince of Tides Tom Wingo
John Turturro Barton Fink Barton Fink
1992 Denzel Washington Malcolm X Malcolm X
Robert Downey, Jr. Chaplin Charlie Chaplin
Clint Eastwood Unforgiven William 'Will' Munny
Al Pacino Scent of a Woman Frank Slade
Tim Robbins The Player Griffin Mill
1993 Liam Neeson Schindler's List Oskar Schindler
Jeff Bridges Fearless Max Klein
Daniel Day-Lewis The Age of Innocence Newland Archer
Laurence Fishburne What's Love Got to Do with It Ike Turner
Tom Hanks Philadelphia Andrew Beckett
Anthony Hopkins The Remains of the Day James Stevens
1994 Tom Hanks Forrest Gump Forrest Gump
Johnny Depp Ed Wood Ed Wood
Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction Jules Winnfield
Tommy Lee Jones Cobb Ty Cobb
John Travolta Pulp Fiction Vincent Vega
1995 Nicolas Cage Leaving Las Vegas Ben Sanderson
Morgan Freeman Seven Detective Lt. William Somerset
Anthony Hopkins Nixon Richard Nixon
Sean Penn Dead Man Walking Matthew Poncelet
Denzel Washington Devil in a Blue Dress Easy Rawlins
1996 Billy Bob Thornton Sling Blade Karl Childers
Kenneth Branagh Hamlet Hamlet
William H. Macy Fargo Jerry Lundegaard
Liam Neeson Michael Collins Michael Collins
Geoffrey Rush Shine David Helfgott
Denzel Washington Courage Under Fire Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling
1997 Robert Duvall The Apostle Euliss Dewey/The Apostle
Peter Fonda Ulee's Gold Ulysses 'Ulee' Jackson
Ian Holm The Sweet Hereafter Mitchell Stephens
Jack Nicholson As Good as It Gets Melvin Udall
Al Pacino Donnie Brasco Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero
1998 Ian McKellen Gods and Monsters James Whale
Roberto Benigni Life Is Beautiful Guido Orefice
Jim Carrey The Truman Show Truman Burbank
Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan Captain John H. Miller
Edward Norton American History X Derek Vinyard
1999 Kevin Spacey American Beauty Lester Burnham
Jim Broadbent Topsy-Turvy W. S. Gilbert
Russell Crowe The Insider Jeffrey Wigand
Richard Farnsworth The Straight Story Alvin Straight
Denzel Washington The Hurricane Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter

2000s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Film Role
2000 Tom Hanks Cast Away Chuck Noland
Javier Bardem Before Night Falls Reinaldo Arenas
Michael Douglas Wonder Boys Prof. Grady Tripp
Mark Ruffalo You Can Count on Me Terry Prescott
Geoffrey Rush Quills Marquis de Sade
2001 Gene Hackman The Royal Tenenbaums Royal Tenenbaum
Russell Crowe A Beautiful Mind John Nash
John Cameron Mitchell Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hansel Schmidt/Hedwig Robinson
Guy Pearce Memento Leonard Shelby
Denzel Washington Training Day Alonzo Harris
Tom Wilkinson In the Bedroom Matt Fowler
2002 Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting
Adrien Brody The Pianist Władysław Szpilman
Nicolas Cage Adaptation Charlie and Donald Kaufman
Hugh Grant About a Boy Will Freeman
Jack Nicholson About Schmidt Warren R. Schmidt
2003 Bill Murray Lost in Translation Bob Harris
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Captain Jack Sparrow
Paul Giamatti American Splendor Harvey Pekar
Ben Kingsley House of Sand and Fog Colonel Massoud Amir Behrani
Sean Penn Mystic River Jimmy Markum
2004 Paul Giamatti Sideways Miles Raymond
2005 Philip Seymour Hoffman Capote Truman Capote
Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow DJay
Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain Ennis Del Mar
Joaquin Phoenix Walk the Line Johnny Cash
David Strathairn Good Night, and Good Luck Edward R. Murrow
2006 Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin
Leonardo DiCaprio The Departed Billy Costigan
Ryan Gosling Half Nelson Dan Dunne
Peter O'Toole Venus Maurice
Will Smith The Pursuit of Happyness Chris Gardner
2007 Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview
George Clooney Michael Clayton Michael Clayton
Ryan Gosling Lars and the Real Girl Lars Lindstrom
Frank Langella Starting Out in the Evening Leonard Schiller
Viggo Mortensen Eastern Promises Nikolai Luzhin
2008 Mickey Rourke The Wrestler Randy Robinson
Clint Eastwood Gran Torino Walt Kowalski
Richard Jenkins The Visitor Walter Vale
Frank Langella Frost/Nixon Richard Nixon
Sean Penn Milk Harvey Milk
2009 Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker SFC. William James
Jeff Bridges Crazy Heart Bad Blake
George Clooney Up in the Air Ryan Bingham
Matt Damon The Informant! Mark Whitacre
Michael Stuhlbarg A Serious Man Larry Gopnik

2010s[edit]

Year Winner and nominees Film Role
2010 Colin Firth The King's Speech King George VI
Jeff Bridges True Grit Rooster Cogburn
Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network Mark Zuckerberg
James Franco 127 Hours Aron Ralston
Ryan Gosling Blue Valentine Dean
2011 Michael Shannon Take Shelter Curtis LaForche
George Clooney The Descendants Matt King
Jean Dujardin The Artist George Valentin
Michael Fassbender Shame Brandon Sullivan
Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy George Smiley
2012 Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
John Hawkes The Sessions Mark O'Brien
Denis Lavant Holy Motors Mr. Oscar
Joaquin Phoenix The Master Freddie Quell
Denzel Washington Flight Whip Whitaker
2013 Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
Bruce Dern Nebraska Woody Grant
Oscar Isaac Inside Llewyn Davis Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club Ron Woodroof
Robert Redford All Is Lost Our Guy

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